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Author: Roman Mars

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Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
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Sound and Health: Hospitals

Sound and Health: Hospitals

2019-05-2400:17:224

Sound can have serious impacts on our health and wellbeing. And there’s no better place to think about health than hospitals.According to Joel Beckerman, sound designer and composer at Man Made Music: "Hospitals are horrible places to get better." Hospitals can be bad for your health because hospitals sound terrible. But sound designers and health care workers are looking to change that.This is part two in a two-part series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how sound can be designed to reduce harm and even improve wellbeing.Sound and Health: HospitalsLearn more about Sonic Humanism
281- La Sagrada Familia

281- La Sagrada Familia

2019-05-2100:35:223

There are a lot of Gothic churches in Spain, but this one is different. It doesn’t look like a Gothic cathedral. It looks organic, like it was built out of bones or sand. But there’s another thing that sets it apart from your average old Gothic cathedral: it isn’t actually old.Gaudí wasn’t able to build very much of his famous church before he died in 1926. Most of it has been built in the last 40 years, and it still isn’t finished. Which means that architects have had to figure out, and still are figuring out, how Gaudí wanted the church to be builtLa Sagrada FamiliaThis episode was originally broadcast in October 2017
Sound and Health: Cities

Sound and Health: Cities

2019-05-1700:19:095

Is our blaring modern soundscape harming our health? Cities are noisy places and while people are pretty good at tuning it out on a day-to-day basis our sonic environments have serious, long-term impacts on our mental and physical health. This is part one in a two-part series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how sound can be designed to reduce harm and even improve wellbeing.Sound and Health: CitiesLearn more about Sonic Humanism
354- Weeding is Fundamental

354- Weeding is Fundamental

2019-05-1400:40:453

Libraries get rid of books all the time. There are so many new books coming in every day and only a finite amount of library space. The practice of freeing up library space is called weeding. When the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library was damaged by an earthquake 1989, the argument over which books need to be weeded, and how they were chosen for removal, reached fever pitch.Weeding is FundamentalThis episode also features “The Pack Horse Librarians Of Eastern Kentucky” produced by the Kitchen Sisters and mixed by Jim McKee. Subscribe the The Kitchen Sisters Present on Apple Podcasts and RadioPublic
353- From Bombay with Love

353- From Bombay with Love

2019-05-0700:36:182

From the 1950s right up to its collapse, people in the Soviet Union were completely infatuated with Indian cinema. India and The Soviet Union had completely different politics, languages, and cultures. But for a brief time, these two nations found they had much more in common than expected, and realized this through a love of movies.From Bombay with Love
352- Uptown Squirrel

352- Uptown Squirrel

2019-05-0100:31:09

This past fall, two hundred people gathered at The Explorer’s Club in New York City. The building was once a clubhouse for famed naturalists and explorers. Now it’s an archive of ephemera and rarities from pioneering expeditions around the globe. But this latest gathering was held to celebrate the first biological census of its kind –an effort to count all of the squirrels in New York City’s Central Park. Squirrels were purposefully introduced into our cities in the 1800s, and when their population exploded, we lost track of how many there are.Uptown Squirrel
351- Play Mountain

351- Play Mountain

2019-04-2400:40:332

Even if you don't recognize a Noguchi table by name, you've definitely seen one. In movies or tv shows when they want to show that a lawyer or art dealer is really sophisticated, they put a Noguchi table in their waiting room. Noguchi was a world renowned sculptor and he had huge ambitions. His largest and most personal concept was a giant public sculpture that took the form of a massive pyramid. Try to Imagine a cross between a Mayan temple and a mountain. It pushes out of the earth with a long slide sloping down with steps on two of its faces. Noguchi thought of it as a playground, and he called it Play Mountain. Noguchi’s ideas - about imagination, and freedom to play - have left a deep mark on playground designers, and are continuing to shape the playgrounds all around us.Play Mountain
Gimlet’s Reply All orchestrated a grand podcast crossover event to try to solve a years old bug plaguing 99% Invisible listeners that drive certain models of Mazda.You can find all the fake podcast episodes and feeds on the Reply All website. Reply All is a fantastic show! If you don’t know it, you'll love it. Start listening now.Find the link to the Mazda-safe podcast feed here: The Roman Mars Mazda Virus
349- Froebel's Gifts

349- Froebel's Gifts

2019-04-0900:26:1026

In the late 1700s, a young man named Freidrich Froebel was on track to become an architect when a friend convinced him to pursue a path toward education instead. And in changing course, Froebel arguably ended up having more influence on the world of architecture and design than any single architect -- all because Friedrich Froebel created kindergarten. If you’ve ever looked at a piece of abstract art or Modernist architecture and thought “my kindergartener could have made that," well, that may be more true than you realize.Froebel’s Gifts
50 Things That Made The Modern Economy is a podcast that explores the fascinating histories of a number of powerful inventions and their far-reaching consequences. This week, 99% Invisible is featuring three episodes that explain how the s-bend pipe revolutionized indoor plumbing, how high-tech ‘death ray’ led to the invention of radar, and the impact of bricks.Subscribe to *50 Things That Made The Modern Economy *on iTunes and RadioPublic
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So gooood

May 19th
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M0_ Shy

great episode I am not fan of modern hindi movies, however the combination of the history soviet art consumption after ww2 & indian classics was fabulous.

May 17th
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Seal757

re weeding: the book guerrillas brought about an elegant blending of new and old with care, consideration, common sense, and ingenuity.

May 15th
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Cosmocide

Good gracious... What a boring episode. Put me right to sleep. Doesn't mean it's a bad episode, they clearly put a lot of work into it

May 15th
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Eric Anderson

Cosmocide Go back to your building blocks, u baby. Real men show their face and real name when making insults.

May 21st
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Cosmocide

Eric Anderson Go back to your legos, eric

May 20th
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Aaron Tanner

wow this is really crap

May 13th
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ch1leang0d

Aaron Tanner no u

May 22nd
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Eric Anderson

comparing this lame card game to Star Wars! blasphemy!

May 8th
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Eric Anderson

oh yeah those colors just "happen" to match with racial skin tones and stereotypes

May 8th
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Eric Anderson

Magic is a cash grab

May 8th
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Eric Anderson

well on castbox I had no search results using "99%" but with "99" the podcast shows up right away

May 1st
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Eric Anderson

Vivian Westwood is not a clothing producer and she is an idiot

May 1st
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Jamie Forsythe

how they get paid. 4 out of the last 5 years.

Apr 29th
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Jamie Forsythe

Jack, also look how these people ( the firefighters), if they don't use the moneymaking they lose it the next year. I have seen them make up things they don't really need , in order to get more money the next year. I am from a small town that 8n the last 5 years we have had major fires r of those years. you can look us up. twisp/Winthrop, Washington. carlton complex fire in 2014, and there are more. look us up Jack. I totally agree with you!

Apr 29th
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Sasa Mitic

one of the best episodes of the year 👍

Apr 25th
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Ray

Sasa Mitic Great

Apr 27th
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Ray

Sasa Mitic 👍👍

Apr 27th
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Cosmocide

I looked it up and I actually really like the barney jersey in an ironic way. I'd wear it

Apr 24th
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Cosmocide

To anyone listening: I know you think you know what the problem is. I did too, and I thought they were just stalling. It's not that. Keep listening. It gets way weirder.

Apr 23rd
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Scott Rosenberq

same thing happens on Nissan Rogues. reboots the whole nav system after 8 seconds

Apr 20th
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Carol Rodrigues Martins

Best episode ever. Kisses from Brazil.

Apr 20th
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Guilherme Aquino

Carol Rodrigues Martins another fan from brazil who loved this episode!

May 9th
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John Schulte

good

Apr 19th
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Rebecca MA

Epic!

Apr 18th
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Charg

Roman never disappoints! great episode

Apr 17th
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